Ashanti African Tours completed projects to date
We are pleased to announce that in July 2014 we completed the construction of and handed over to the local community an eight-classroom school facility at Brenu Akyinim near Elmina in the Cape Coast District of the Central Region of Ghana.
During the majority of our tours, we visit Brenu Akyinim, an area of coastal grassland savannah to enjoy one of Ghana’s finest beaches, in addition to seeing the excellent birds and nature which occur in this habitat. The population of this local community numbers approximately 3000 and there was an urgent need for a crèche, nursery and primary school, due to the previous one being destroyed in a storm, during which the old building totally collapsed in late 2013. Children of this age group were no longer attending school and remained in the house or were working on family farms or local fishing boats, as the government would not commit to the construction of a new school facility.
After several discussions with local chiefs and community leaders, it was established that Ashanti African Tours would construct an eight-classroom school facility as part of our social responsibility and commitment to connect ethical tourism in locations we visit to community development and habitat conservation. The project was completed in July 2014 at a total cost of over $30,000.00 USD to our company. The school construction and renovations are over three buildings and offer free education opportunities to over 200 students from this coastal community.
The next phase of our project is to offer training and support to the many youth of the community who did not have the opportunity to attend school when growing up. There is a major problem where young girls do not attend school, fall pregnant and get into relationships with older men upon whom they then rely for money to live. Our aim is to offer free training in the following areas:
- Auto mechanics
We hope to be able to educate the youth to become self-sufficient and alleviate the need for them to rely on others for money to survive. We will also offer free lessons to adults in reading and writing.